Mr. Milhar Fuazudeen at Seminar on "STCW Convention Global Implementation – Challenges for the Industry"

Mr. Milhar Fuazudeen, IMO’s Head of Maritime Training and Human Element, Maritime Safety Division, was invited to present a the Seminar on STCW Convention global implementation – Challenges for the industry at Shanghai Maritime University(SMU) on April 18, 2017. This seminar aims to bring together maritime administration, shipping companies, training institutes, and seafarers to identify their roles and responsibilities for effective implementation of STCW Convention and STCW Code. Representatives included Shanghai Maritime Safety Administration(MSA), Guangdong MSA, managers from shipping companies as well as faculties and students from the University.

The seminars started with a lecture by Mr. Fuazudeen. He pointed and stressed the main challenges faced by the Global MET. Human element has been one of the most complex issues that challenge the safety of life and the marine environment given that technology has improved significantly. He said training through simulators and laboratories could not provide the same reality as that of on board training. Therefore, competency-based training has to be supported by on board training which would ensure seafarer candidates learn from real practices. Mr. Fuazudeen shared his views on future MET, in the context of emergence of autonomous ship in the industry. Topics also included safety culture, effective evaluation and assessment skills, as well as qualification of trainers. A free discussion among the participants was followed on the main challenges with implementation of the STCW convention faced today and future.

Prof. Jin Yongxing, Honorary Chair of IMLA and Chairman of SMU, met with Mr. Milhar Fuazudeen during his short stay in Shanghai. Prof. Jin briefed to him about the development of IMLA in the last two years, in particular, IMLA’s contributions to the revision and updates of IMO Model Courses. They exchanged views on the latest development and trends on MET as a whole.